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Laurent Koscielny | Defensemen | #6

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 165

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Laurent Koscielny had a doubly miserable day in Madrid losing out on a chance at the Europa League final and sustaining a serious Achilles injury that will see him miss out on the World Cup with France.
This could be the end of Koscielny as a top level center back. Already slipping due to the effects of age and injury, having to rehab from a ruptured Achilles seems likely to sap even more athleticism from the France international. Should he be healthy come the start of the next campaign he would then have to convince a new manager that he is still worthy of a starting spot. If he is still at Arsenal come 2018-19 look for him to be relegated to being a veteran reserve counted on for late-match minutes and the occasional start. May 4 - 3:48 PM

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Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are both available again after missing out on Arsenal's initial matches in 2018.

Whether Arsene Wenger brings both first choice center backs immediately into the line-up to face Crystal Palace on Saturday at the Emirates is the only real question here. Both Koscielny and Monreal have trained ahead of the match and should be healthy. Rob Holding and Calum Chambers, the two deputies leaned on in the absence of Wenger's first choice options, were both shaky at times so unless Wenger feels like one or both of his main men are short of match fitness or risk for re-injury, the expectation should be that both will start.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 10:47 AM

Laurent Koscielny is a major doubt for the game on Wednesday evening due to an ongoing Achilles problem which has flared up again.

The Gunners take on Chelsea at the Emirates with a mounting injury list. Seven players have joined long-term casualty – Santi Cazorla - in the treatment room since the beginning of December, while four players have been added during the festive programme. Koscielny is the latest addition, having limped off at West Brom and Arsène Wenger admitted the early signs are not too encouraging. "He is 30 per cent available, 70 per cent not." Per Mertesacker is the player most likely to step into the breach. It was initially hoped that Nacho Monreal would be back within a fortnight after picking up a knock against Liverpool, but all told, that timeline could be nearer to a month. Sead Kolasinac will miss the next two games [at least]. "It could settle in a week, or two. It is not long term." Aaron Ramsey is targeting his comeback in the Carabao Cup on January 10.
Jan 2 - 1:20 PM

Laurent Koscielny has trained with Arsenal ahead of their Week 9 trip to Everton and should be available to participate.

Whether Arsene Wenger calls on the France international as he returns from his latest injury is another question but after the disappointment against Watford last weekend, you have to expect that he'll pull out all of the stops to get a win. Expect a trio of Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Nacho Monreal to start at the back flanked by Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal for the match against Ronald Koeman's mightily struggling Toffees early on Sunday.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 02:01:00 PM

Arsène Wenger will check on a number of players ahead of the Europa League tie against Red Star Belgrade this week.

Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez were notable absentees for the 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday and speaking to BT Sport prior to kick-off, the Arsenal boss revealed that the pair were both "alerts" due to muscular problems. "They are not very bad but they're too short for today. They should be available for next week" although whether either can make Thursday remains to be seen. The Gunners are also sweating on the fitness of Danny Welbeck and Laurent Koscielny who both suffered injuries in their first game back following respective groin and Achilles issues: "It looks to be a hamstring with Welbeck," Wenger said. "I don’t really know because everybody is shocked in the dressing room [about the result]. It looks a muscular problem. Koscielny is a muscular problem as well."
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 03:06:00 PM

Arsenal, already missing Shkodran Mustafi, will have to wait to see if captain Laurent Koscielny will be available for the trip to Watford in Week 8.

Arsene Wenger's resolve toward playing a three-man central defense will be tested if he finds himself without both Mustafi and Koscielny. Certainly three of Per Mertesacker, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, and Nacho Monreal could be chosen to play centrally but playing that alignment minus Koscielny and Mustafi early in the season led to significant difficulties. Fantasy managers should be aware of the risks and plan accordingly for a more traditional alignment and/or Arsenal not to be keeping a clean sheet.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 03:45:00 PM

Rob Holding may be in line for a recall following the news that Laurent Koscielny is rated as a doubt due to an ongoing Achilles issue.

Speaking ahead of the game on Sunday, manager Arsène Wenger revealed he has a "doubt" about Koscielny and "unfortunately" the France international will have a fitness test [on Saturday]. If he fails to recover, then the Arsenal boss could look to Per Mertesacker or Rob Holding to fill in while another alternative would be to use Hector Bellerin as a makeshift centre-back. Elsewhere, Sead Kolasinac has had some problems, however, he is available, but Mesut Ozil, who only returned to the squad on Monday night, will miss out again because of swelling around the knee. Alex Iwobi has a chance of recovering from a thigh strain but Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Calum Chambers aren’t due back until after the international break.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 05:28:00 AM

Laurent Koscielny has recovered from an ankle injury picked up on international duty leaving Santi Cazorla as the only absentee for Week 4 of the Premier League campaign.

It has been a slow start to the campaign for Arsenal's captain as he missed the first two matches of the season serving a suspension picked up at the end of last season. Then the Liverpool match happened. Then a minor injury on international duty. The Gunners can't afford to be without their captain as they look to rebound from a difficult start to the season. According to Arsene Wenger, Koscielny should be available for the match against Bournemouth.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 12:55:00 PM

With his suspension from last season served, Laurent Koscielny will return to the Arsenal starting line-up for their Week 3 match-up with Liverpool.

The Arsenal captain is eligible to play for the Gunners for the first time this season and should return immediately to the starting line-up. Arsene Wenger chose to play against Stoke City with one recognized center back, Shkodran Mustafi, and four players more likely to be classified as wingbacks - Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerin, and Oxlade-Chamberlain. After watching some sketchy defending from that quintet, Arsenal supporters will be hoping that Wenger reverts to more traditional central defenders if he is going to continue with a 3 CB formation. Koscielny and Mustafi will almost certainly feature as two of the three with Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Kolasinac, and Calum Chambers all possibilities to fill the final vacancy in the starting trio.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 11:29:00 AM

Laurent Koscielny's suspension, earned at the end of last season, will carry over for the first two matches of the 2017-18 season.

The Arsenal center back and France international will get an extended summer break as he serves the final two matches of his suspension from last season. Some combination of Shkodran Mustafi, Per Mertesacker, Rob Holding, and Nacho Monreal will deputize for Koscielny over the first two weeks. With Arsenal's schedule relatively light in Weeks 1 and 2, the absence shouldn't have too significant an impact on the season for the Gunners.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 10:42:00 AM

AC Milan have joined the race to sign Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny as the Italian club look to splash the cash under their new Chinese owners.

The 31-year-old only signed an extension to his current deal 8 months ago, a contract which would keep him at the Emirates until 2020. But, in spite of "feeling very good over here" recent comments hinted that he could be open to a move: "I have always said that I was a Marseille fan when I was younger. When a mythical club like Marseille contact you, it is good. But will I sign for them? I have no idea at all." Arsène Wenger would be very reluctant to part with one of his key assets, particularly given that Arsenal are themselves, looking to strengthen defensively. Despite his man-of-the-match performance in the FA Cup final, Per Mertesacker’s best days look to be behind him while Gabriel Paulista divides opinion. Rob Holding, 21, looks an excellent prospect but next season could come too soon, leaving German international Shkodran Mustafi as the only other experienced central defender.
Source: The Mirror
Tue, Jun 27, 2017 03:41:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny's appeal of the red card he picked up against Everton on the season's final day was denied meaning that the Arsenal center back will miss the FA Cup final and the club's next two FA sanctioned matches next season.

With Gabriel also going off on Sunday with an injury, Arsenal are going to be significantly depleted at the back as they face Eden Hazard and Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final. Based on what we've seen recently, Arsene Wenger will likely choose Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal as his central trio with Kieran Gibbs on the left and either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (if he's healthy) or Hector Bellerin (if Ox isn't ready to return). If Arsenal win the FA Cup final then Koscielny will miss the Community Shield and Arsenal's first Premier League match of the season. If they lose, he will miss the first two Premier League matches of the season.
Tue, May 23, 2017 02:33:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge early against Everton and will miss Arsenal's FA Cup final clash against Chelsea next Saturday as a result.

While Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 to uphold their end of the bargain when it came to finishing in the top four, the dismissal of Koscielny and Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough is a double blow for the Gunners. For the first time under Arsene Wenger they will be without Champions League football and they will also be without their captain as they look to salvage one trophy from the season.
Sun, May 21, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny continues to nurse his Achilles and it could force him to miss out on Arsenal's finale against Everton on Sunday.

Koscielny played successfully against Sunderland in mid-week as Arsenal kept pace with Liverpool in the race for fourth. Despite that, Arsene Wenger has indicated that the France international could be held out on Sunday as he continues to recover from the Achilles injury that has kept him out sporadically down the stretch. Arsenal also have the FA Cup final to play and Wenger may have to manage Koscielny's health between those two priorities.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, May 19, 2017 10:58:00 AM

Laurent Koscielny could miss tonight’s game against Sunderland as he continues to battle a painful and persistent Achilles injury.

The France centre-back admitted the problem will require regular attention until the end of his career and hinted that he could miss out on Tuesday as he struggles to play games in quick succession: "I know it is a difficult injury because you need to work every day on this. I do this and it is okay but sometimes with all the games we play every three days, it is difficult and I need to have a rest to recover well. I am prepared to miss Sunderland to be fit for the last two games of this season. Sometimes it is better to miss one game to be fit for the others." Should Koscielny miss out, then Arsène Wenger is likely to stick to three at the back which has served him well in recent weeks with Kieran Gibbs expected to return to the side following his recovery from minor a calf issue.
Source: Eurosport UK
Tue, May 16, 2017 06:15:00 AM